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Suggestions for digital optical (TOSLink) cable...?

Discussion in 'Cables & Switches' started by NicolasB, Jun 25, 2004.

  1. NicolasB

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    My current optical interconnect is starting to annoy me. The sound is fine, but it's designed with reversible plugs that rotate through 180 degrees so as to give you either a regular TOSlink or mini-TOSlink connector as desired. Unfortunately they occasionally decide to rotate spontaneously as a result of a stray breath of wind and cut off the sound in mid-movie. So: a less sophisticated cable is needed. :)

    It has to be optical because it's plugging into my Sky+ at one end. (DVD player uses coax).

    I don't believe that it's possible for a digital cable to influence sound quality unless one is experiencing actual bit errors - I fail to see how a cable can induce jitter unless it affects one pulse differently from the next one - but if anybody wants to swear blind that a particular slightly-more-upmarket optical interconnect causes a dramatic change in sound quality, it might be interesting to have a listen to it just so I can say "I told you it wouldn't" with a bit more authority. :)

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. SimonO

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    Supra ZAC for around £25...
     
  3. Dfour

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    could you use a co-axial connector instead?
     
  4. NicolasB

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    Well, sure, if you want to mod my Sky+ box for me so it has a coax output. :)

    (I suppose I could use an optical-to-coax converter, but I'd be surprised if that ended up sounding better than sending the optical signal straight into my Bryston SP1.7).
     
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    qed qnectot £30
    Ixos XHD... £30
    VanDenHul Optocoupler £50
    CableTalk Optical3 £35 (Very tight connection)
     
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    www.tvcables.co.uk has some no brand leads that look pretty sturdy, I recently bought one of their no brand scart leads and its chunky sturdy, individually screened and give me a great picture. Thats an analogue lead that actually has some possiblility of signal problems. I cant imagine for an instant that if that lead is that good a digital optical lead whose chance of any signal problems even on the cheapest of cheap leads is virtually 0 could possibly be anything less than perfect. yours for the bargain price of £3.75 for 1 meter + about 50p for postage and you can spend the other £20 on some DVDs to "test" it with ;)
     

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